Developing Your School Profile is essential. What does the school profile do? It guides the reviewer to best understand a student’s academic record. Each educational institution holds proud its unique traits and these traits frame the student’s individual academic record.
Main School Characteristics
Your school characteristics define the uniqueness of your academic community. While each school holds similar components, it is imperative to have the key characteristics of your school noted in your school profile.
School Administration and Relevant Contacts
Principal, Assistant / Vice Principal / Headmaster, Counseling Team, Support Staff
- List School Name, address, website and contact information.
- Counseling Staff and School Administration to include school registrar or data analyst.
- Provide school directions and preferred days and times for visits.
- CEEB/ACT/School Codes.
School Demographics and Location
Urban, suburban or rural setting. Access to resources outside of the school setting.
A comprehensive and holistic description of your school’s demography. This should include social and economic issues, parent groups and involvements, the school’s mission statement and admission criteria (if applicable). Other unique factors vary per school but could include: free and or reduced lunch program participation, Title I programs participation with state grants and charter/school within a school programs. Include accreditation, institutional membership and special recognition and/or honors.
IB, Smaller Learning Schools, Specialized Curriculum, AP
- Define academic programs available (IB, AP, Honors, non-participation in accelerated curriculum) and the requirements for participating in each program.
- Delineate the number of students enrolled in advanced curriculum and the number and percentage of students taking accelerated examinations.
- List Graduation Requirements.
- Highlight: Changes from previous year and aspects of your school that are unique.
Academic Grading Policies
Ranking, weighted/un-weighted coursework, grade distribution.
Grading Policies : including weighting process and notes on transcripts.
National data, API, STAR, SAT, ACT, AP/ IB participation and pass rate.
- College Board, ACT and statistical identifiable information.
- Test Score Distribution: Detail test scores based on school data, county data, state data and national data. Included in this information should be National Merit information and other academic testing accolades from your state.
Post Graduate Data
College (2/4 year) attendance, post graduate plans, historical school matriculation data.
College Attendance: A history of college attendance should be detailed by the previous year, at the very least. The data should include 4 year and 2 year attendance as well as other post graduate experiences.
School Based Programs
Extracurricular activities, clubs, school organizations, affiliations with outside sources.
List the unique school clubs and activities offered at your school. This includes sports, clubs, and organizations a student can join.